Boxing has seen a huge boom in popularity over the last couple of years. The introduction of boutique boxing studios and boxing HIIT classes has reduced the intimidation factor surrounding this type of exercise. Once exclusively the domain of hardcore boxers, the growth of this type of fitness is far more accessible, allowing more men and women to give it a go.
Stress is a modern-day condition, so throwing punches at a bag using your whole body can provide an amazing release. Add the fact that people of all ages, sizes, and experience can take part in boxing, and it’s easy to see why this form of exercise is quickly rising as one of the top fitness trends.
As a result, gyms across the UK are looking at smart ways to incorporate boxing into their functional training zones. The very defined line between a boxing gym and a mainstream gym is starting to disappear as forward-thinking operators bring boxing into their facilities. As a training method, boxing provides real results, not only for cardio but for upper-body strength, muscle definition and stress relief.
Today, close to 40% of our new business enquiries are related to boxing-type facilities. There are several key factors to consider when incorporating boxing into your facility.
The first is the space itself. Where your boxing area is placed is important. It shouldn’t be the prime centre of the gym. It should be slightly out of the main gym floor, but visible. This reduces the intimidation factor and ensures your boxing area does not obstruct the member journey through the gym.
Also, work with a partner that can help you embrace awkward spaces, angles and low ceiling heights. At EXF, everything we do is customised for the space so you can create some really versatile, space-efficient boxing zones.
Secondly, it is important that your functional rig doesn’t become just a boxing rig. Consider a rail system, so that bags can be removed and stored when not in use. This ensures that the space remains adaptable and multi-purpose.
We’ve seen this first-hand at Flykick, a kickboxing-inspired group exercise fitness studio in central London. The studio space had some unique challenges including low ceiling heights, hard angles in the studios and a raised floor. With a normal rig system, a lot of space would be lost, but we were able to design a bespoke solution that allowed them to have 12 bags in the studio. A boxing rig adds an extra 150kgs per bag, so we also installed a sophisticated underfloor anchoring system to accommodate the raised floor. With 100-150mm of steel, our rig also helps eliminate tension and movement.
Boxing is a really engaging form of fitness and our research indicates that this market is only going to continue to grow. Whether it’s one-on-one with a PT or small group sessions, shadow-boxing or doing bag/pad work can help people get in the zone, get fit and forget about their worries.
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